Lucy Hale talks ‘Katy Keene,’ the upcoming musical episode and why she relates to this more than ‘Pretty Little Liars’

Lucy Hale has played magnetic young women navigating love and friendships before — look no further than her run on Pretty Little Liars, the dark, revenge-filled teen drama that lasted seven seasons. 

Hale, 30, portrayed the most endearing, and arguably most liked, character on the sexy-yet-sinister Liars, so it’s not a huge leap to see her join the Archie universe on the Riverdale spinoff Katy Keene. The CW’s Riverdale, based on the Archie comic books, has been compared to Liars due to a similar neo-noir tone and penchant for character deaths.

But Katy exists in a different lane than Riverdale or the sometimes-gruesome The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, which also exists under the Archie umbrella. 

The show, which premiered in early February on W Network, follows Katy Keene, a charming 20-something working at a department store while aspiring to be a fashion designer. 

Keene and her friends, which include musician Josie McCoy (Ashleigh Murray, who left Riverdale to play the same character on Katy), artist Pepper Smith (Julia Chan) and Jorge Lopez (Jonny Beauchamp), a Broadway actor pursuing a drag career, navigate issues like breakups, career roadblocks and unpaid rent together. 

Global News spoke to Lucy Hale over the phone about Katy and what viewers can expect this season.

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